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Adult social care - 8 October 2009

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A round up of key recent events in local government within adult social care.

NOTE: Click on the headlines for more on the stories.

TOP FOUR BRIEFINGS

Gordon Brown makes free personal care pledge

Prime minister Gordon Brown has proposed that all older people with high needs should be eligible for free personal care at home. The proposal was announced in Mr Brown’s speech at the Labour conference. (Community Care report)

Predicted surge in demand for care homes

A 15-year decline in demand for care home places has come to an end ahead of a predicted surge, according to a new report on the UK independent care home industry. Consultancy Laing & Buisson said the number of projected residents at independent sector care homes was projected to rise from the current 419,000 to 424,000 in five years’ time and to 459,000 by 2019. (LGCplusreport)

Essex Cares bidding for PCT role

Essex CC and Stockport MBC have set up social enterprises to provide care services. Essex has transferred 850 staff to Essex Cares this year and expects to deliver services both to its own and other clients. (LGCplus report)

Campaigning Hossack cleared of misconduct

Lawyer Yvonne Hossack, who has campaigned against care home closures, has been cleared of professional misconduct by the Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal. Ms Hossack was accused of six breaches of rules governing solicitors’ conduct over her campaigning work against councils. (LGCplus report)

Research

Councils accused over social workers’ concerns (LGCplus report)

Union warns of a ‘Granny P’ tragedy (LGCplus report)

Legal

Care home case adjourned (LGCplus report)

Workforce

Watchdog: Funding axe must not cut social work training (LGCplus report)

Paul Snell to take control at GSCC (LGCplus report)

Inspection

CQC raises concerns over South Tyneside (LGCplus report)

Events

National children and adult services conference and exhibition: Rising to the Challenge: Brighter Futures For All, 21-23 October, Harrogate.

Contact: info@lga.gov.uk

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